On Monday 11 Jan 16, Lethbridge Zone 1 received a call from the FSS at Lethbridge airport, that they had received an ELT signal. We started the ball in motion and contacted JRCC Trenton. They authorized us to proceed with an expanding square search in the Lethbridge area. The call came in around 1300 hr that afternoon, and we had our crew assembled and ready to go by 1400 hr. We were ultimately airborn by 1415 hr. We did the assigned Expanding Square search with no ELT heard. After 2.5 hours the search was called off by JRCC Trenton and we returned to base. We have proven once again that Lethbridge CASARA Zone 1 is ready and able to help at a moments notice. To all the crew that assembled and helped with the search, thank you for your committment.
On Sunday 10 Jan 16, We had a Hercules aircraft visit us from Winnipeg. It was a planned visit to qualify some of our members to be spotters for the military. The visit was actually supposed to happen on Saturday, but the weather was below minimums, so they diverted to Calgary. We certified 13 members and this brings us to having just about everyone as certified military spotters. Once again Lethbridge CASARA Zone 1 showed its metal, and had a great turnout for this event. We even managed to get all the files in order in the office. It was a great day.